Nathan Cardoos, MD
Email me. Nathan was born and raised in Littleton, MA, a short drive northwest of Boston. After graduating from Littleton High, he was fortunate to find his way to Williams College, nestled in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Here he developed a passion for the environment, leading him to major in geology and later move to Washington, DC to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Conservation Program. This work was both meaningful and exciting, but Nathan realized that he missed the close personal relationships that he had formed in the past while serving as a classroom tutor, camp counselor, teaching assistant and soccer coach. Deeming medicine a potentially perfect blend of human connection and intriguing science, he applied to the pre-medical program at Goucher College in Towson, MD and has since been constantly reassured that he had discovered his calling.
At the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine he found joy in helping to run a children's free health clinic on the South Side of Chicago, assisting on a medical mission in Haiti following hurricane Gustav, and mentoring underclassmen. Family medicine drew him in because he loves hearing the stories of patients of all ages, enjoys forming lasting relationships, and believes strongly in the power of preventative medicine. He is thrilled to be doing his residency training at Tufts/CHA, back in his home state of Massachusetts!
In his free time Nathan can be found on a soccer field, in the mountains hiking, or at home cooking or attempting to play guitar. He enjoys traveling just about anywhere and documenting these trips in photographs. He has run the Philadelphia marathon and is SCUBA certified.
Jacob 'Gus' Crothers, MD
Email me. Gus was born and raised in Portland Maine. As the son of two physicians, Gus was drawn to medicine by his parents' passion for their work and their relationships with their patients. After graduating Waynflete School, Gus went to Brown University where he spent his time studying neuroscience, playing rugby, and trying to imagine himself in a career other than medicine. When he finally decided it was okay to follow in his parent's footsteps, Gus applied to medical school and enrolled at Tufts University School of Medicine. While at Tufts, Gus stayed busy and maintained his sanity by playing in several sports leagues and by spending as much time as possible hiking, biking, or camping in the outdoors. He was attracted to family medicine during his third year rotation at the CHA Malden clinic because of the role models he found there, the breadth of the field, and the emphasis the field placed on the bio-psycho-social model of understanding health. Gus is thrilled to be joining the residency and staff that attracted him to family medicine in the first place. As a life-long New-Englander, Gus is also excited to remain in the Boston area close to his family, friends, and hobbies.
SashaRose Clifton Oxnard, MD
Email me. During college, at Harvard, Sasha volunteered as a Portuguese medical interpreter with the Cambridge Health Alliance and dreamed of one day returning as a physician - a dream she has now been blessed to realize. Sasha is a New England native, although a first-generation American - daughter of a Russian mother and English father. In college, Sasha studied Portuguese and spent several years during and after college working in Brazil and Mozambique. Before starting medical school, Sasha got her master's at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine focusing on public health in developing countries. During medical school she received fellowship funding from the Doris Duke Foundation to pursue primary care research in East Harlem, NY. During that year she helped to develop, implement and evaluate both a health-hotline text messaging service for inner-city teens (Text in the City) and a group for teen girls to help educate and support the use of hormonal birth control (The Birth Control Group). Both projects went on to receive grant funding and are on-going. During her final year of medical school, Sasha got her yoga teacher certification, studied mindfulness and meditation and spent some time training with midwives at a birth center in London. She hopes to be able to bring these and other holistic and integrative modalities into her clinical practice - primarily with underserved communities. In addition, she hopes to be able to continue to engage people in their own healthcare through innovative models of care. Finally, she hopes to maintain some international work - primarily with Brazil and in the arena of prenatal care. In her free time Sasha loves biking everywhere, raiding her local library, being active in her church, practicing yoga and exploring new hobbies (most recently cooking, composting and kayaking). She lives in Boston's South End with her husband, an oncologist at Dana Farber, and their cat, Bebel.
Susan Redmond, MD
Email me. Susan grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Clemson University, where she received a BS in Psychology with a minor in Physical Sciences. During her undergraduate education, she was able to do an internship at Bloomhill Cancer Help Centre in Buderim, Australia. This is where her interest for integrative medicine, cancer care, and holistic care for the patient grew. After graduating from Clemson, she used her psychology degree while working for a small company doing neurocognitive research for clinical trials. She loved the science and research, but felt her connection to people was missing. She then returned to school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. While there, she was a leader in National AMSA (the American Medical Student Association), worked with elderly patients in the community, and volunteered at the student-run free clinic. She also travelled to Tanzania to work at Nyakato Health Center in Mwanza. Susan has a passion for primary care and palliative care and looks forward to using a holistic approach to patient care.
In her spare time she enjoys running, playing volleyball, reading, travelling and spending time with family and friends. Although Susan is from the South, her family is from New England and she has been raised to support the Patriots and Red Sox and looks forward to cheering them on in Boston. Susan is excited to join the Tufts/CHA Family and explore the vibrant community around Boston.
Amanda Ritvo, MD
Email me. Amanda was born and raised in Hillsdale New Jersey, an idyllic suburb minutes away from New York City. Growing up, science was always her most fascinating subject and she decided early on that medicine would be her calling. Driven by her love of the city's diversity and energy, Amanda gravitated towards George Washington University's vibrant and politically charged atmosphere. While in D.C. she quickly developed a passion for servicing the community around her. She became an EMT to the GW community and also participated in Project HEALTH, a program for the underserved, at Children's National Medical Center. In her sophomore year, Amanda was accepted to GW's competitive Early Selection program for medical school. She graduated magna cum laude from GW with a major in Public Health and a minor in Judaic Studies. In medical school, Amanda expanded her interests to medical ethics and joined the Medical Humanities track, which allowed her to partake in an exciting seminar in the heart of Jerusalem exploring cross-cultural medical ethics and international health policy. Amanda sought out a specialty that would combine her passion for public health, urban medicine, preventive and continuity of care for generations of patients and found the exciting field of Family Medicine. Upon discovering Tufts Family Medicine Residency, Amanda instantly knew this program's dedication to excellence could form her into the doctor she always dreamed of becoming. Outside of medicine, Amanda is an avid runner and enjoys tennis, dancing, trying new restaurants, catching the latest movie, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Amanda is thrilled to bring her motivation and enthusiasm to both Tufts and her new big city of Boston!
Nicole Salg, MD
Email me. Nicole was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology. Always interested in science and working with people, medicine was the perfect passion. During her two years off between college and medical school, Nicole moved to Boston to be near friends and work as a clinic coordinator in pediatric oncology at Dana-Farber. She fell in love with the changing seasons of New England and the community of Boston and has been here ever since. While at Tufts School of Medicine, Nicole traveled to Panama to work in government clinics and served on the board of the Sharewood Clinic, a student-run free clinic. Here she witnessed first-hand the importance of primary care and working closely with community resources to provide quality care. These values were further expanded upon during her family medicine rotation and it was clear this was how she wanted to practice medicine. She is especially interested in sports medicine and women's health. Nicole was fortunate enough to be able to work with some of the faculty and residents of the Tufts Family Medicine Residency program during her fourth year and is very excited to be joining them as a resident. In her free time, Nicole loves to run and has raised money for nutrition and childhood obesity research as part of the 2011 Tufts Boston Marathon Team. She also enjoys traveling, baking, reading, following the Red Sox and learning to ski during these long New England winters.
Anjana Sharma, MD
Email me. Anjana was born in snowy upstate New York but raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, ensuring her a lifelong love of both coasts. She grew up climbing trees, reading tons, and traveling to India to visit family. She went back east for college to New York City to study at Columbia University, where she worked in activist groups, DJ'd an early morning jazz show at the college radio station, and majored in environmental biology. Inspired by coursework demonstrating the connection between environmental health and human health, Anjana took a year off to work in Nicaragua with a family physician at an NGO training lay health workers in rural villages. This experience was not only humbling and full of adventures, but also solidified her commitment to medicine. She went back to New York, and spent a year with Mount Sinai's Community and Preventative Health Department researching how poorer neighborhoods in Brooklyn had less access to healthy food. She then moved to Boston to study at Harvard Medical School. She was lucky to be in the Integrated Clerkship for her third year at Cambridge Health Alliance, where she followed patients throught the year and appreciated how rewarding and complex primary care can be. Her research and clinical interests have included international health, nutrition, teaching, advocacy for healthcare access for the poor, intimate partner violence and gyn/reproductive health. It became clear that family medicine was the best training to support these diverse interests, and Anjana was thrilled to choose Tufts Family Medicine/CHA for its combination of excellent teaching and diverse patient population. She lives in Cambridge where she can be found dancing, playing tennis, or training in capoeira when not in clinic.
Lyly Tran, MD
Email me. Lyly was born and raised in Rhode Island. Throughout high school, she engaged in lots of science competitions and Model UNs, and she was popular with the librarians. She went to Simmons College and studied Biochemistry and International Relations. Afterwards, she attended Tufts University School of Medicine, where she co-chaired the Family Medicine Interest Group.
Lyly is very excited to be a part of the Tufts FMR. She is particularly interested in chronic disease management and maternal child health, and in serving patients of diverse backgrounds.
When not practicing medicine, Lyly loves shopping at Haymarket, long walks on Boston's beaches, and spending time with her husband and baby son.